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PG&E to Fire Safety Critics: We’re Going Beyond Call of Duty

PG&E Corp. sought to assure a judge it’s making progress on fire prevention, saying it’s exceeding regulatory requirements to clear vegetation from power lines. Kevin Orsini, a lawyer for the utility, on Tuesday acknowledged criticism from a court-appointed compliance monitor, …

PG&E Took 8 Months to Prune a Tree at Risk of Catching Fire

It was on July 12 — only after an inspector raised the alarm — that PG&E Corp. finally pruned a tree in a fire-prone area. Its leaves had already been singed as wind gusts blew them into a power line …

A Month Out From Wildfire Season and PG&E Is Behind on Tree Work

California is just one month away from the official start of wildfire season and bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. is running behind on inspections, repairs and tree-trimming that was ordered up to reduce the risk of another devastating blaze. PG&E, …

The Folly of Returning to Paradise, California: Viewpoint

Paradise, California, is being rebuilt. Crews are removing millions of tons of debris left by the devastating Camp Fire last fall. The town council is holding public meetings to plan a new community. Developers are designing new homes. And somewhere …

Honolulu Condos Must Move to Comply With New Fire Safety Rules

Honolulu high-rise condominium owners won’t get more time to comply with stricter fire safety rules enacted after an apartment fire in 2017 killed four people. The city council failed this week to get enough votes to override Mayor Kirk Caldewell’s …

Michigan Fire Officials Say They Lack Resources for Safety Inspections

The Michigan fire marshal’s office hasn’t performed annual safety inspections of churches, theaters, restaurants or other places of public assemblage as required by state law, according to a newspaper investigation. The Legislature has never funded the requirement, the Lansing State …

No Sprinklers in Trump Tower Deadly Fire

A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause …

Virginia Fire Chiefs Sound Alarm on Mulch Legislation

Virginia fire chiefs are speaking out against proposed state legislation to loosen rules on how near to a building that mulch can be placed. WTOP-FM reports that the bills would prevent local governments from enacting rules on the distance between …

Tennessee State Fire Marshal Says Manufactured Housing Fires Deadliest in State

Manufactured houses are the scenes of relatively few fires every year in Tennessee, but those fires are among the deadliest, causing a disproportionate number of fire-related deaths and prompting the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office to remind consumers that fire …

After London Tower Fire, Group Creates Risk Assessment Tool

Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly-clad buildings around the world, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer. The National Association of State Fire Marshals’ research foundation …